Wine Cellar Door Construction Comparison

Vigilant's wine cellar doors are proudly made in our Dover, NH manufacturing facility by skilled New England craftsman. All our doors come pre-hung in solid wood jambs and use exterior-grade weather stripping to provide a superior seal between your wine cellar and outside areas. Superior design aesthetics and materials, combined with uncompromising construction methods, ensures that you are getting best door available in the industry.

Our doors are not mass produced, they are handcrafted and made to order. Since, we manufacturer everything here at our facility we can take any custom request to meet your exact needs.

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Vigilant wood artisan handcrafting a Vigilant Wine Cellar Doors

Chris, one of our Vigilant wood artisans, handcrafting a Vigilant Rustic Wine Cellar Door.

Door Construction Components

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Joinery Profile Top Rail Bottom Rail Jambs Wood Frames Wood Frames Glass Casings Threshold Exterior Grade

Value
Full Glass Doors

 
Joinery Joinery Square Profile Top Rail Jambs Wood Frames Wood Frames Glass Casings Bottom Rail Threshold Exterior Grade

Classic
Full Glass Doors

 
Joinery Joinery Scotia Profile Top Rail Bottom Rail Jambs Wood Frames Wood Frames Glass Casings Threshold Exterior Grade Rasied Panel Mullions

Tuscan
Glass Doors

 
Joinery Joinery Scotia Profile Top Rail Bottom Rail Jambs Wood Frames Wood Frames Glass Casings Threshold Exterior Grade Mid-rail

Provincial
Glass Doors

 
Joinery Square Profile Top Rail Bottom Rail Jambs Wood Frames Wood Frames Door Window Casings Threshold Exterior Grade

Rustic
Wood Doors

Joinery

Vigilant winecellar doors have mortise and tenon construction

Mortise and Tenon

We use mortise and tenon joinery on all our doors. This time-tested joinery is labor intensive and has been used by woodworkers for thousands of years. The joint is secured in place by inserting the tenon into the mortise hole.

 
Vigilant winecellar doors use cope and stick joinery methods

Cope and Stick

We use cope and stick construction on our Classic, Tuscan and Provincial doors. Using four frame pieces and a center glass or wood panel the door is attached at 90° angles to connect the frame and hold the center panel in place. This technique creates a beautiful and sturdy decorative profile on the edge of the jointed panel.

Profile Glazing

Scotia profiling glazing strip

Scotia Profiling Glazing Strip

After the glass panel is placed into the frame, and silicone caulking is applied, the glazing strips are affixed to the frame keeping the panel securely in place. The scotia profile glazing strip uses beautifully detailed edging around the panel.

 

Square profiling glazing strip

Square Profile Glazing Strip

This type of glazing strip uses a flat or square edge to hold the glass or wood panel in place. The strip is secured using brad nails and caulking around the edge of the glass.

Door Rails

Classic series door top railing

Top Rails

The top rail is the cross or horizontal piece of the door frame. This piece has the tenons to attach to the outside stile.

 

Classic series door bottom railing

Bottom Rails

The bottom horizontal panel of the door frame. This piece has the tenons to attach to the outside stile.

1 3/4" Solid Wood Frames

Solid Wood Frames

At Vigilant, all our doors are made with solid 1 ¾ '' wood frames. We pride ourselves in our quality by having our skilled craftsmen hand-select, mill and construct your wine cellar door from a single piece of wood unlike many of our competitors who use composite or LVL (Laminate Veneer Lumber). This type of material uses a combination of soft wood planks that are pressed together with environmentally harmful glue. Since this material is not as durable as hardwood it is susceptible to warping and shrinkage which can be detrimental to a doors performance. Instead of using environmentally harmful glues we use mortise and tenon and cope and stick door joinery to ensure strength and performance for years to come.

 

All Vigilant doors have solid wood frames

Insulated Glass Panels

A wine cellar door must be insulated and keep harsh outside conditions from entering the wine cellar in order to prevent the wine from improperly aging. At Vigilant, we use ½'' argon-filled, low-emissive insulated glass in all our doors unlike other companies that use inexpensive inefficient glass.

 

All Vigilant wine cellar doors have insulated glass panels

Solid Wood Jambs

All our doors come pre-hung in solid wood jambs to easily help with installation. Other companies use composite or LVL which is not as sturdy as solid wood and can cause the door jamb to warp. The jamb has four sides including the header at the top, the strike, the hinge jamb and the threshold at the bottom.

 

Vigilant solid wood door jamb

Casings

Casings or trim are the decorative pieces of wood that go around the edge of the door to conceal construction gaps between the jamb and the drywall. We offer two types of casings, flat and fluted. These pieces are shipped unassembled and need to be cut to size to fit around the doorway.

Flat door casings

Flat Casings

Flat casings have a sleek, flat look, and frames doors, windows, and other openings.

 

Fluted, decorative door casings

Fluted Casings

Fluted casings add both dimension and a decorative look to a door, window or entryway.

Threshold

The threshold or sill is the wooden piece that runs across the bottom of the doorway. This piece creates a barrier between your wine cellar and the opposing elements. This piece helps keep your wine room at the optimal temperature and helps with energy efficiency.

 

A door threshold

Exterior Grade Weather Stripping

We use weather stripping around the jamb on all four sides using a synthetic rubber material. This material helps keep a weather tight seal to prevent air leaks and increase energy efficiency.

 

Exterior grade weather stripping

Decorative Raised Panel

Our Tuscan style doors use a beautiful raised decorative base panel made of solid Mahogany.

 

Decorative bottom panel

Center Piece Applique

Our Tuscan style doors use a beautiful raised decorative base panel made of solid Mahogany.

 

Center railing applique

Mullions

Our Tuscan doors come standard with fluted mullions. They create a distinguishing profile of smaller window panes and are made from solid Mahogany.

 

Wood door mullions

Speakeasy Window with Grate

Our Rustic doors come with the optional upgrade of a speakeasy window with a wrought iron grate for an added charge. The wrought iron gives the door a more rustic look and the window gives you a view into your wine cellar.

 

Door window with grate